Israel slams top UN aid official who said Hamas not a terror group

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Israel Katz blasts UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths for saying in a Sky News interview that “Hamas is not a terrorist group. For us, of course, as you know, it’s a political movement.”

Griffiths made the comments in response to a question about whether Israel’s insistence that Hamas never be part of future government is realistic.

“Shame on him,” Katz tweets in English.

In Hebrew, Katz tweets a sharper message. “The United Nations reaches a new low every day,” he writes, pointing to statements from Griffiths and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

“We will eliminate Hamas with or without them,” he pledges. “Jewish blood is not cheap.”

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